I know, I know… I write too many blog posts about Christina Aguilera. I’m sorry, but I absolutely idolized her when I was a little girl. I would sit in my room and stare at my stereo while I tried to figure out if I could ever get that good at singing. Answer: nope. I just want other people to realize that she’s pretty much the most talented singer to ever exist, and that she’s really gorgeous and not at all fat. Once again, NOT FAT. I also really want to like her. I want her to be more likable. I want to fall back in love with my idol.
Ugh. Okay, now that I’ve done that part, let’s get on with the post.
“Your Body” is Christina Aguilera’s latest release. It’ fun and cool. It’s crazy and vulgar. It’s probably just what her career needed. Our popular culture machine is all about vulgar these days. I mean, have you heard that damn song about “whistling” (goes something like: “Can you blow my whistle? … Just put your lips together and come real close…”)? It’s terrible and it’s obviously about blow jobs. We get it, Flo Rida, you like blow jobs.
Pop music these days is all about sex and drinking and drunk sex… It’s not a new trend, but the crazy bright colors, upsetting patterns, and overly intense cartoon themes are all new to me. I hate them. That said, this video is kind of awesome. I’m surprised I think that, but I do. It’s like a candy-porn snuff film.
Even though I find the whole video questionable, I feel like it’s a not-sad comeback for her. She looks sexy in a scary, trashy, dirty (maybe dirrrrty), scented-marker kind of way. I should hate this video, but I don’t.
She’s a Crayola serial killer out to get men who’ve done her no wrong. She’s just randomly killing. I think it actually might be a satire of current culture’s acceptance, encouragement, and of sleeping around. It might actually be an intellectual argument. This could be a real, live satire.
The song itself is about screwing random people. As she says, “So, don’t even tell me your name. All I need to know is: who’s place? And let’s get walking…” She doesn’t even want to know your name, she just wants to love your body. The song is about random sex and how great/wonderful it is. Basically, “All [she] want[s] to do is love your body.”
But, maybe… Just maybe… This video is kind of making fun of that. Christina Aguilera has always made pretty average pop music with a way-above-average voice; maybe she knows that. Maybe she knows that she’s better than all of this. She should be singing amazing ballads and jazz and more stuff that sounds like, “Beautiful,” instead of “Dirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrty.” I think that this video might know that.
Why? Well, because instead of loving all these bodies of men, she’s killing them. Then, there exploding with glitter and blue goo. Maybe singing that you want to love someone’s body, and then visually showing that you actually want to kill them randomly and viciously, maybe that is a joke. Maybe it’s an acknowledgement of the absurdity of today’s pop music.
Perhaps more interestingly, Ms. Aguilera sings, “Fuck your body…” in the explicit version of the song. Maybe she really means that she wants to “fuck up” their bodies rather than “love them sweetly.”
Okay, it’s probably just a crazy video for a crazy song. I just really want to believe in my idol, a former “Genie in a Bottle,” and a forever bottle-blond. She’s probably just a dirrrrrty girl.
Oh, and here’s some bonus goo: